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Iomega Prestige 3 TB USB 3.0 External Hard Drive 35183 (Dark Gray)

3.3 out of 5 stars 89 customer reviews

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  • Fast - Transfer files faster than ever before (requires USB 3.0 computer for best performance)
  • Stylish & Durable - Compact and in a black brushed finish; sturdy metal construction that includes stand
  • Secure - Iomega Protection Suite Software included at no additional charge (via download)
  • Encryption - AES 256-bit hardware encryption is built-in to secure your data at home, in the office or at school
  • Warranty - 3 year limited warranty with product registration

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Technical Details

Size: 3 TB
  • DC in Jack
  • Contains External Power Adapter

Product Description

Size: 3 TB

The Iomega Prestige Desktop Hard Drive USB 3.0 is a fast and affordable solution for all your storage needs. Ideal for adding capacity to your system, this stylish drive offers a sturdy metal construction and included stand. It's the easiest way to save photos, music, videos and more! Iomega USB 3.0 drives are backward compatible to USB 2.0 using the same cable, so enjoy fast speeds now if you have a USB 3.0 computer, or use USB 2.0 and be confident you can upgrade later! AES 256-bit hardware encryption is built-in to secure your data at home, in the office or at school. Iomega Protection Suite is included with solutions to easily backup your data and protect your computer and online experience. Software available via download. A 3-year limited warranty is included with product registration. Capacities up to 3TB available.

Product Information

Product Dimensions 7.4 x 1.2 x 4.9 inches
Item Weight 2.2 pounds
Shipping Weight 3.4 pounds
Manufacturer Iomega
ASIN B0051UWC1Y
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Item model number 35183
Customer Reviews
3.3 out of 5 stars 89 customer reviews

3.3 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #3,468 in Electronics > Computers & Accessories > Data Storage > External Hard Drives
Date first available at Amazon.com May 20, 2011

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Size: 1 TB Verified Purchase
I purchased this drive so I could back up my computer and many media files, and to relocate some files from a very old and very small hard drive. After purchasing this drive I learned something that is not listed in the product description. This drive does not work with windows backup, or basically any other system imaging software, due to its sector size (4k vs the standard 512). Iomega support found on their forum blames this on Microsoft, and Microsoft blames this on the hardware. Regardless, avoid purchasing this drive until it starts working with back up programs.

If you're just going to use this to hold files and don't mind manually transferring and re-transferring files should something happen to your computer, this is fine. But for the price, I expect more.
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Size: 1 TB Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
Out of the box, the Iomega Prestige external hard drive is a looker. The dark brushed metal finish and metal case gives it a substantial feel and appearance. The drive is marked as being made in China.

As can be seen in the photos for this product, all the connections are on the back of the unit, as well as a physical power switch. Power is supplied by an external wall transformer with an output of 12V at 1.5A.

Getting the drive operational on a 64-bit Windows 7 PC was very easy and straightforward. Attach the power cord, the USB cable, and flip the power switch. After a short spin-up, the drive appears in the list of available drives in Windows. Windows responds with the normal dialog about browsing the drive's contents, but there is also a second dialog that appears for something called "Virtual CD" which is a separate virtual drive that is xxx in size. This partition contains a 83 MB file that appears to allow for encryption on the drive.

Transfer rates for the Iomega drive via a USB 2.0 connection are on par with the Western Digital WD Elements 2 TB USB 2.0 Desktop External Hard Drive. On a single large file (~1GB), write speed was 17.9 MB/s and read speed was 34 MB/s. On a set of 813 files totalling 1.09 GB, the write speed was 13.1 MB/s and read speed was 57.9 MB/s. Unfortunately, I was not able to test transfers using the USB 3.0 capability of this drive.

Power consumption is quite good on this unit. I was pleased to see that when powered up but not plugged into a PC, the drive consumed less power than could be measured by my KillAWatt meter (less than 0.1 W).
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Size: 2 TB Verified Purchase
No matter what version of Windows 7 you're running you will have issues with this device. I read the reviews, saw the Win7 issues (everyone seemed to be running a version of Win7 Home) and thought the same wouldn't apply to me. I'm running Windows 7 64bit enterprise which is the most idiot-proof, stable and least buggy OS I have ever used (I'm including Mac's in the latter) so I thought I stood a good chance of a positive experience. Nope.

Pro's: The drive connects and transfers files phenomenally (I'm getting -+28mbs transfer speeds). It also shuts down and powers up with your system (but this can be buggy as I'll explain). That's about it, if you would like it to do more than that you're going to be out of luck.

Cons:

- First thing I noticed was my system would hang upon boot when the drive was not physically turned off. So I turned it off by the power switch and the system would boot properly. I tried swapping the USB ports, reformatting the drive didn't make a difference. To fix I had to go into the bios and disable USB storage device detection, simple enough but I was wanted to avoid the latter as it's best for systems to work such things out for themselves.

- The drive does not work well with Windows Media Center. WMC has a problem reading files from it and should I start to play a movie it will do all sorts of odd things. Pictures can be slow and music will periodically hang if you try to select another song.

- Executing files from the drive is tricky. If you try installing a saved program from the drive it will eventually install but will take a long time as will saving a file from a program to the drive. As an IT professional I know at some point an installation/save will fail.
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By sportsfan on October 28, 2011
Size: 2 TB Verified Purchase
I've only used it for 2 months, but the Iomega Prestige 2 TB external hard drive works perfectly. Installation on my Mac, connecting with Time Machine, was very easy. I just plugged it in and turned it on. I was worried that it would overheat because it doesn't have an internal fan (that I know of) and no air vents at all. I don't know how Iomega does it, but the device stays cool to the touch even though it's on 24 hours a day. It's also very quiet. This is completely opposite from the Western Digital "MyBook" that was somewhat noisy (although not to a bothersome level), had no on/off switch, was always hot to the touch even though it had air vents which I kept clean, and eventually it fried itself to death. I like this Iomega hard drive enough that I'm buying another one for my daughter.
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